Sanchez slams 'scoundrel' Van Gaal over Hernandez penalty reaction

The Manchester United coach’s response to the striker’s penalty miss against Club Brugge has been heavily criticised by the Mexico legend

Mexico and Real Madrid legend Hugo Sanchez has labelled Louis van Gaal a “scoundrel” for his reaction to Javier Hernandez missing a penalty.

The Manchester United manager’s reaction to Chicharito missing his side’s spot kick – falling on his backside and spooning the effort wide – in last week’s Champions League win over Club Brugge went viral.

Van Gaal was caught on camera giving his assistant Ryan Giggs a glare that was translated by many on social outlets to spell the end of the Mexican forward’s time at Old Trafford.

That turned out to be the case as Hernandez joined Bayer Leverkusen for an undisclosed fee on the Bundesliga transfer deadline day, signing a three-year deal to end his five years at United.

“Van Gaal made a bad decision – and it’s not one he’s done for the first time, he’s done it 50,000 times,” Sanchez told Futbol Picante in reference to Van Gaal’s reaction.

“I’ve coached and a coach cannot do that to their own player. I’d go out and applaud him and tell him to trust in himself. But that look he gave Giggs… What a scoundrel.

“It was a bad game for Chicharito but any player in the world can do that. Van Gaal is a scoundrel; hopefully those in England realise he is a bad person and treats his players poorly.

“He should be professional. The players deserve professional and humane treatment.”

Ramos urges De Gea to bounce back after collapse of Real Madrid move

“Everyone has to take responsibility for his reality” – Sergio Ramos’ take on David de Gea’s Real Madrid move breaking down at 11th hour.


Sergio Ramos has urged Spain team-mate David de Gea to remain professional in the aftermath of the bizarre breakdown of his proposed move from Manchester United to Real Madrid.

De Gea, who has not featured this season for United amid the Spanish giants’ pursuit of his isgnature, looked all set to join Madrid prior to Monday’s close of the transfer window in La Liga after a deal was brokered that included Keylor Navas heading in the opposite direction.

But the relevant paperwork was not completed in time and the two clubs issued statements on Tuesday pointing accusing fingers at each other for the collapse of a transfer that had been mooted for months.

Ramos, who was a target for United until he signed a new long-term contract in August, was coy when quizzed on the situation but thinks that a pragmatic approach is now required from everyone involved.

“I haven’t spoken to [De Gea] – sincerely, we haven’t spoken – and I don’t know what opinion he will have but. well, life is like that,” the defender told reporters while on international duty with Spain.

“Sometimes, in some moments, it’s our turn to experience it and deal with it in the best way possible. Everyone has to take responsibility for his reality and show his best level where he is.”

Ramos added: “I’ve had the day off and the truth is I’ve been a little disconnected.

“I can’t tell you anything. To talk about a footballer who isn’t a Real Madrid player would be a lack of respect to any of my team-mates and, in that sense, we have two great goalkeepers and it doesn’t depend on any Real Madrid player.”

Premier League spending hits £1bn in 2015

English clubs’ increasing financial might led to a new milestone for outlay in a calendar year, with a record £870 million spent over the summer transfer window


Transfer spending in the Premier League has reached £1 billion in a calendar year for the first time.

The English summer transfer window closed on Tuesday, with close-season spending reaching a new record of £870 million, according to analysis by business advisory firm Deloitte.

This marked a rise of four per cent on the 2014 figure of £835m and moves overall spending to the £1bn barrier when added to the £130m outlay by clubs during the January market.

Alex Thorpe, senior manager in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “With all 20 of the Premier League clubs now ranked in the top 40 globally by revenue, we have seen clubs across the league compete successfully in the market for international talent.

“Premier League clubs’ gross spending on players from overseas clubs this summer totalled more than half a billion pounds.

“Looking across Europe, Premier League clubs’ gross and net spending this summer is more than double that of any other European league. The driving force behind this is the growth and distribution mechanism of the league’s broadcast rights.”


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Manchester United’s deadline-day swoop for Monaco youngster Anthony Martial took spending on the final day to around £90m – up from around £85m 12 months ago.

United’s neighbours, Manchester City, recorded the highest gross spend by a Premier League club in the English summer window, with big-money moves to bring in Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin De Bruyne making up the bulk of a £160m outlay.

The combined gross spending of the four English teams taking part in the Champions League – City, United, Chelsea and Arsenal – stands at £340m, or 40% of the Premier League’s total.

Across Europe’s other ‘big five’ leagues, Serie A recorded the next highest gross spend of £405m. This was a shade above the £400m cumulatively brought up by La Liga, while the figure stood at £290m and £220m, respectively, in the Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

Costa Rica give Keylor Navas time off after Madrid's De Gea blunder

The goalkeeper was set to join Manchester United but club errors mean he will remain in La Liga, and his national side have given him a break

Keylor Navas has been given permission by Costa Rica to stay in Spain during the international break to “tend to his situation” at Real Madrid .

The goalkeeper has endured a topsy turvy 72 hours – despite starting the season as the Blancos’ No.1 following Iker Casillas’ sale, he was offered to Manchester United on Monday as part of a deal for David de Gea.

However, incompetence from the two Champions League rivals led to the deal not being completed before the transfer window deadline and both goalkeepers will remain at their current clubs.

Having gone from preparing to leave La Liga for the Premier League to being aware he is rooted to Madrid until at least January, Navas has been allowed to take some time off to gather his thoughts by Costa Rica’s football federation (Fedefutbol).

“Navas will not join up with Costa Rica,” Fedefutbol’s official Twitter account stated on Tuesday. “The federation and head coach Oscar Ramirez will give him space to tend to his situation with Real Madrid.”

Meanwhile Keylor’s father, Freddy Navas, has attacked the Spanish press for the way he believes they vilified his son, but believes Madrid fans are behind him following his penalty-saving performance in Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Real Betis.

“The Spanish media want to have a Spanish goalkeeper at Real Madrid, they can’t accept a Central American player there,” he told Pasion Deportiva . “They know he’s the best, but they can’t accept it.

“Seeing him be cheered by the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday sent shivers down my spine and brought tears to my eyes. He has one of the most difficult tasks at one of the biggest clubs in the world. We are proud of him.

“Keylor tells me he has the support of the dressing room. Marcelo, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez… They all love him because he’s quiet and humble.”

Navas, 28, shot to global stardom as Costa Rica’s shot-stopper during the 2014 World Cup, when the little-fancied Central American nation reached the quarter-final stage.

Subsequently, he secured a €10 million move to Real Madrid from Levante – with whom he had become one of the most reliable goalkeepers in La Liga – as competition for club captain Casillas.

Navas remained rooted to the bench for much of 2014-15, featuring 11 times in all competitions, but Casillas’ exit to Porto has led to him becoming Rafa Benitez’s first choice ahead of summer signing Kiko Casilla.

Costa Rica play two friendlies in this international break without Navas: first up is a clash with Brazil on Saturday September 5 in New Jersey, followed by a home tie against Uruguay three days later.

Schweinsteiger: Manchester is not as bad as everybody thinks

The 31-year-old midfielder joined the club from Bayern Munich in July but has endured a low-key start to life at the club, though he says he is enjoying life in the city


Bastian Schweinsteiger says he is relishing life at Manchester United and insists that “Manchester is not as bad as everybody thinks.”

The 31-year-old midfielder moved to Old Trafford in July, bringing an end to a trophy-laden 17-year stay at Bayern Munich.

Scweinsteiger has endured a low-key start at United – who have taken seven points from a possible 12 in their opening four games – but he is enjoying the challenge of adapting to the frantic pace of the Premier League.

“Of course everything is new to me. But it is a lot of fun,” said Schweinsteiger on Tuesday while away on international duty with Germany.

“The club is huge. Sadly we gave away a few points in the last two games [a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United and Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Swansea City]. Otherwise we would be in a better position right now.

“So again it is a lot of fun and it is something really great to be there. We believe that the city is not that beautiful but I can say that the people are really nice and respectful. The city is nice as well.”

Schweinsteiger has been reunited with former Bayern coach Louis van Gaal since joining United, and he has praised the Dutchman.

“Yes he is still the same Louis van Gaal that we all know,” he added.

“He is very ambitious and he wants to win every game. He is a good guy and knows how to treat the team correctly.

“It is a lot of fun not just to work with him but with the whole team and the new players. The spirit of the team is great and I hope that we can use the dominance we already had in the games earlier to finally start winning.”